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ELECTION 2008 GUIDE
Misleading Voter Information
There is a FALSE rumor going around by e-mail telling people that if they vote Straight Democratic Party, they must also cast a vote specifically for Barack Obama in order to have an Obama vote registered. THIS IS FALSE INFORMATION. The Obama Campaign has issued a statement concerning the false information in this email and encouraging Texas voters to cast a straight Democratic ballot.
The driver's license on your address does not have to match the address you are registered in. In fact, you do not need to have a driver's license to vote.This rumor is aimed at causing confusion and suppressing the vote, especially among students and other people who move often. A voter registration certificate is enough on its own to allow you to vote.
Election 2008 Information
When Do I Vote?
Early Voting: October 20, 2008 - October 31, 2008
Election Day: November 4th
Ballot by Mail: applications accepted (received, not postmarked) by September 5, 2008 - October 28, 2008
Where Do I Vote?
On your Voter Registration Card, you will see a precinct number. Your residence is located in a specific "precinct" or area within the county where you will vote on Election Day. In some cases, precincts may be combined to accommodate joint local elections, so always consult your County Clerk or Elections Administrator in the days before an election for the address of the polling place where you're to vote. As well, most newspapers print precinct polling places and addresses in the days before an election.
How Do I Vote?
When you arrive at the polling place, you will be asked for your voter registration card. (For other acceptable forms of identification, click here) The election official will verify that it matches your present address and then ask you to sign the list of people who have voted in the precinct.
Depending on the type of election - local, statewide, national, or combination - you will be handed:
A paper ballot on which you will select your choices and which will be counted by hand;
A paper ballot on which you will select your choices by darkening an oval or arrow directly or "marking" with the aid of a voting machine; or
A slip of paper with a numerical access code or, in some counties, a ballot activator card. In the next available voting booth, enter your code or card and let the on-screen instructions guide you through the process of electronic voting.